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June-July 2011
Focus: UK & Ireland

1. Solo feature: Marianna & Daniel O’Reilly (UK)
2. Selection : Videoart from UK & Ireland

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2. Selction: videoart from UK and Ireland

Laura Brocken (UK) – TELL, 2008, 2mins 35secs
Sam Holden – (UK) “70 Still Frames & 5 Minutes 50 Seconds of Video” , 2007, 5:50
Robin Kiteley (UK)- “Test Phantom”, 2007, 5:03
Cynthia Whelan (UK) – Selfportrait, 3:27, 2005
Anna FC Smith (UK)- Which Came First? (Chicken and Egg), 2009, 2:08
Fintan Ryan (Ireland) – Press Conference; 03/03/2010, 2010, 10:28
Michael Fortune (Ireland) – “Reigning Cats and Dogs”, 2007, 15:00
Lee Welch (Ireland)- Again & Again (1:00) 2003
Niamh Heery (Ireland) – Losing the Light, 2009, 5.39

1. Laura Brocken (UK)
biography

Video title:
TELL, 2008, 2mins 35secs
Never one to let people in, Laura Brocken invites the audience to view her innermost thoughts.
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2. Sam Holden (UK)
biography

Video title:
“70 Still Frames & 5 Minutes 50 Seconds of Video” , 2007, 5:50

Using a digital SLR, image capture software and a hidden video camera ’70 Still Frames and 5 Minutes and 50 Seconds of Video’ highlights how much we simply don’t see when encountering someone’s photographic reproduction and underlines how problematic photography can be as a representative medium.
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Robin Kiteley (UK)
biography

Video title:
“Test Phantom”, 2007, 5:03
This piece touches on themes of intimacy, memory and desire using a short monologue about an anonymous sexual experience.
A fractured voice-over is counterpointed with images drawn from archive films showing the x-raying of the shoulder and the formation of clouds and weather systems.
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Cynthia Whelan (UK)
biography

Selfportrait, 3:27, 2005
The sense of claustrophobia and containment is held whilst a woman puts her make up on and gets ready for her day. The surprise is revealed as she leaves her own space.
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Anna FC Smith (UK)
biography

Video title
Which Came First? (Chicken and Egg), 2009, 2:08
sees a glamourous harpy engaged in a sexual re-stuffing. Inspired partly by the grotesque ‘two bodies in one’ from Medieval Carnival, the film enacts a perverted cookery programme/bondage pornography.
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Fintan Ryan (Ireland)
biography

Video title
Press Conference; 03/03/2010, 2010, 10:28

As part of my interest in examining the production processes that go into the creation of art, both it’s physical manifestation and public consumption, I made this video to explore the question of an artists public identity/persona and how the artist may try to influence its construction in an effort to improve their professional success.
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Michael Fortune (Ireland)
biography

Video title:
“Reigning Cats and Dogs”, 2007, 15:00

Reigning Cats and Dogs is the title of a video work recorded in the artist’s family home in rural Co. Wexford, Ireland in December 2006. The fifteen-minute video work contains various recordings that frame mini incidents involving the family pets. Filmed from the animal’s perspective, each fixed-frame shot portrays a domestic-styled wildlife documentary where animals co-exist, share and interact in a house full of humans and other animals. Each recording was made at different times and stages of the day and so allows the viewer to witness the calm and chaotic rhythms which exist in the daily household routine.

In each section the viewer is invited into a world in which we see cats fight while feeding to a dog performing tricks, which go unnoticed by humans too busy watching television. This work documents the age-old relationship between animals and humans and explores their personal and shared territories within this domestic environment.
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Lee Welch (Ireland)
biography

Video title:
Again & Again (1:00) 2003
In Lee Welch’s series of self-portraits, Again and Again, we encounter what appears to be a straightforward record taken with a digital camera of the artist’s face over a period of months. Through a rapid sequence of images, we find ourselves entranced by a face, most notably its changing hair, an affect of style that fluctuates between drastic and more subtle stages of cutting, dying, shaving, gelling. On one level it is a simple game, one of recognition and repetition, where we quickly learn to spot the difference. On another level, what manages to be fun is also a crisis in representation that leads to questions about identity, coherence and technology that are at the heart of Welch’s project. Here, digital photography in its rapid reiterations, employs a technology of cyber fantasies, genetic engineering and multiple identities that tells us nothing of the subject it represents. We are left with only a superficial awareness of a person, a self-portrait that collapses external changes with time.

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Niamh Heery (Ireland)
biography

Video title:
Losing the Light, 2009, 5.39
The candle is a weighted metaphor. A piece of visual culture which all at once signifies light and darkness, birth and death, hope and despair. The hopeful simplicity of light can quickly be plunged into the unknown complexity of darkness. And yet, without darkness, light loses all effect.
This work employs the strength of the candle’s cultural meaning. At a time when the the ‘audacity of hope’ is presented as a term for human aspirational strength in times of immense despair, this work tests that bravery against the persistent depth of loss.
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June-July 2011
Focus: UK & Ireland

1. Solo feature: Marianna & Daniel O’Reilly (UK)
2. Selection : Videoart from UK & Ireland

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